See also: run-in
- (participial adjective; editing, typography) Having been run in before or behind previous text.
- These headings are run in because a free-hanging style would just be a waste of column inches.
- (participial adjective; mechanical, engineering) Having been run in to seat the parts.
- A well run in engine will burn less oil over its life span.
- Synonym: broken in
- Alternative spelling of
- (transitive, informal, chiefly passive) To arrest.
- The guys who robbed the bank last week have finally been run in.(compare also run down)
- (transitive, Britain) To use new machinery at less than full speed, preventing damage.
- I have to drive slowly for the first 1,000 miles to run the engine in.
- Synonym: break in (transitive sense)
- (figuratively) To start a new regime slowly.
- Synonym: phase in
- (rugby) To score (a try).
- 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport:
- Toeava went over unopposed to stretch his side's lead but Japan got on the scoreboard on 56 minutes, wing Hirotoki Onozawa intercepting an attempted offload from Slade, who had a rather flaky game, and running in from the All Blacks' 10m line.
- (printing) To insert (a word, etc.) without making a line break or new paragraph (so that it is not free-hanging).
- (printing) To alter the position of matter to fill vacant space.
- simple past tense and past participle of
- (arrest): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary